Manager, Ocean Science Division – Washington, D.C.
Organization: The Pew Charitable Trusts
Position: Manager, Ocean Science Division
Location: Washington, D.C.
Hours & Compensation: Full-time.
Position Dates: Term period through September 30, 2014, with the possibility of an extension pending the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.
Application Deadline: Until filled.
Posted On: March 5, 2013
The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public, and stimulate civic life. The mission of The Pew Charitable Trusts environment initiative is to promote policies and practices that protect the global environment, preserve healthy forests, and marine ecosystems. The group’s work is focused on reducing the scope and severity of three major global environmental problems:
- Transition to a clean energy economy from one based primarily on the burning of fossil fuels;
- The erosion of large wilderness ecosystems that contain a great part of the world’s remaining biodiversity; and,
- The destruction of the world’s marine environment, with a particular emphasis on global fisheries.
The Pew environment initiative’s ocean science division (OSD) works to generate and synthesize scientific research to inform conservation policy and frame solutions. The division’s projects include multiyear research projects by outside experts, funded in large part through the Lenfest Ocean Program, and shorter term analyses and syntheses developed to inform specific policy questions developed by the conservation science program. Developing projects that integrate the development of scientific and technical information with the best approach for communicating that information is a significant focus of the conservation science program .
The manager, Ocean Science Division, facilitates the effective use of science in policy-related activities by Pew marine campaigns. The manager collaborates with Pew campaign staff to develop and manage science projects related to the Pew environment initiative’s program areas. The manager also serves as OSD’s principal liaison to campaign staff and his/her tasks include providing science-related guidance to campaign staff and contributing campaign perspectives to OSD staff. Other responsibilities include supervising an associate-level staff person and working closely with a senior associate who has expertise in economics. This position is located in Washington, DC.
- A minimum of eight years of relevant professional experience in science, environmental issues, or public policy is required. Experience working in a scientific or technical role within an advocacy organization or policy institution is highly desirable, as is experience developing and managing projects.
- Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s or Ph.D. preferred.
- Demonstrated strategic and analytical skills. Political awareness, with a non-partisan perspective and approach.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills, including ease in communicating complex concepts in a clear effective manner.
- Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and manage productive relationships with Pew staff, consultants, partners, grantees and others. Operates as a team player, while also able to lead meetings and projects.
- Recognized ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to make decisions and operate effectively in uncertain or changing situations.
- Travel: Occasional domestic and international travel.